News from Luke's Place

Luke’s Place works to improve the safety and experience of abused women in Durham Region who are or may become involved with the family law system.

Drawing from our direct service with the diverse rural and urban populations of Durham, Luke’s Place also provides training and resources on family court advocacy to service providers throughout Ontario. This includes:

  • customized in-person legal trainings
  • training of Ontario’s Family Court Support Workers
  • online trainings and webinars
  • FAQs about common family law issues
  • manuals on various family law processes
  • research on the intersection of family law and violence against women in Ontario

Luke’s Place envisions a family court system that promotes healthy, safe families.

Luke’s Place also provides a listing of Family Law Support Services for abused women in Ontario on their website at:

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Accredited training for lawyers at Luke's Place

Designed for family law lawyers in Ontario, Luke's Place offers "Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships."

October 26, 2018

Ontario Family Court Watch: An invitation to organizations

Organizations interested in participating in the research phase of Ontario Family Court Watch are invited to contact Luke's Place by October 16.

October 01, 2018

October 18-19: Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention conference

When: October 18-19, 2017

Where: London, Ontario

Luke's Place will facilitate a workshop on using technology to support survivors and advocates in rural and remote communities.

May 23, 2017

Luke's Place Virtual Legal Clinic expands serving more rural and remote communities

The Luke's Place Virtual Legal Clinic connects woman abuse survivors to trained lawyers using video conferencing or the telephone.

May 15, 2017

What is Ontario doing to address violence against Indigenous women?

Ontario's Indigenous communities worked collaboratively with the provincial government to develop Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women.

May 04, 2017

Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships

Luke's Place offers the course, Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships, which has received a great deal of interest and positive feedback.

November 22, 2016

Virtual Legal Clinic: Video conferencing for justice, Oshawa

Luke's Place is establishing a virtual legal clinic for women who have left abusive relationships and are involved with family court. 

October 28, 2015

May 13: Provincial training for legal advocates who support abused women in family court

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, all day

Where: Primrose Best Western Hotel, Toronto

Contact: Cherrie Fielder, 905-728-0978, ext. 228; 1-866-516-3116 toll-free; 905-728-6105 fax;

This session, to be led by Pamela Cross, is intended for legal advocates who have already taken either the Luke's Place After She Leaves or Family Court Support Worker training.

February 11, 2015

November 4-6: 'After She Leaves' training for frontline staff

When: November 4-6, 2014 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), time TBA

Where: TBA

This training will be delivered by Luke's Place lead trainer and legal director, Pamela Cross. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, October 21.

October 14, 2014

Survey request from Luke's Place - Deadline extended to May 23

Luke's Place requests your participation if you are involved in violence-against-women family law support work in Ontario. Survey deadline extended to Friday, May 23.

May 14, 2014

Register now for May 8 webinar: Understanding the Intersections and Conflicts Among Family, Criminal, and Immigration Law

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10 a.m. EDT

Where: Online

This webinar examines family, criminal, and immigration law with a focus on gaps and conflicts, so frontline workers can better support women who are entangled in more than one legal system.

April 28, 2014

Register now for April 17 webinar: Understanding the Best Interests of the Child Test

When: Thursday, April 7, 2014, 10 a.m. EDT

Where: Online

This webinar examines the best interests of the child test in the context of a case involving violence against women and suggests what evidence a woman can use to support her custody application.

April 13, 2014

Register now for March 27 webinar: Supporting an Abused Woman to Get a Restraining Order

When: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 10 a.m. EDT

Where: Online

This webinar discusses what a restraining order is and provides tips for frontline workers about how and where women can gather evidence to support their application.

March 10, 2014

April 8, 9, 10: Luke's Place trainings in Barrie

Luke's Place will accept registrations for their Barrie violence-against-women trainings for service providers until Friday, March 14.

March 10, 2014

Register today for February 27 webinar: Supporting an Abused Woman to Bring an Emergency Motion

When: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 10 a.m. EST

Where: Online

This webinar walks frontline workers through the emergency motion process, explores the common reasons that emergency motions fail, and discusses how to assist an abused woman to gather evidence and present it effectively so she can obtain the order she needs.

February 21, 2014

Register now for March 13 webinar: Supporting an Abused Woman to Write an Effective Affidavit

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10 a.m. EST

Where: Online

This webinar will explore different kinds of affidavits and how they may be used in a family law case.

February 20, 2014

The implications of violence against women for supervised access

Pamela Cross, Luke’s Place Legal Director, made the plenary presentation on day two of the Supervised Visitation Network Annual Conference. 

July 10, 2013

Confidentiality issues in high risk domestic violence cases

Luke's Place has released a research paper, prepared by Pamela Cross, which examines confidentiality as it relates to the membership of community high risk committees.

July 05, 2013

Resources for Family Court Advocates

Do you provide support to abused women involved in family court? Luke's Place provides Resources for Family Court Advocates, which brings information and services together in one location.

June 18, 2012

May and June 2012: Family Court Support Training

This training is offered to people supporting survivors of domestic violence through the family court process. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

April 19, 2012